It took me a while after I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease to get on board with the health hand I was dealt. As a young aspiring chef and food writer, having dietary restrictions felt like a big handicap. But after I began using my skills to heal myself in the kitchen—with leafy greens and nourishing fats—it changed my culinary outlook for the better.
The tweak that had the biggest impact on both my taste buds and my overall health was weaning myself off of sugar. As I attempted to find the middle ground between health and hedonism—one that still included all my favorite comfort foods—I realized how much mindless sugar I was eating every day. It was housed in places I didn't think to look and brought me very little conscious pleasure.
Here are some of the ways I've tweaked my life on the sugar front and kept my cooking just as satisfying.